Thursday, September 20, 2007

J. Crusie & B. Mayer's "Don't Look Down," the movie

Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer have collaborated on two novels: Don’t Look Down and Agnes and the Hitman.

In the latest entry at My Book, The Movie, Mayer explains how he and Crusie use characters from movies to help picture their characters as they're writing the novels.

About Agnes and the Hitman, from Mayer's website:
Agnes Crandall, a food columnist better known as Cranky Agnes, is getting ready for the big society wedding that’s going to be held in her back yard when a guy with a gun breaks into her kitchen and tries to kidnap her dog. Agnes accidentally kills him. Shortly after that, a guy with a gun (Shane, just Shane) breaks into her bedroom and tells her he’s there to protect her. Good thing, too, because then things go really badly and it’s pretty much Agnes and Shane against the world, at least the part of it that’s armed and coming for Agnes.
About Don’t Look Down, from Mayer's website:
Jenny Crusie writes Lucy Armstrong, a film director with family problems – why is her sister so depressed, her niece so unhappy, and her ex-husband so intent on getting her back – and career problems – why is the star so determined to do his own stunts, the ingenue so determined to seduce the stunt double, and that Green Beret stunt double so damn attractive? Bob Mayer writers J. T. Wilder, a Green Beret who has his own troubles including the goofball actor he’s doubling for, the stunt coordinator who’s gunning for him (literally), and the director who looks like Wonder Woman and keeps distracting him from his mission. And that’s before the CIA, the Russian mob, and the one-eyed alligator show up.
Visit My Book, The Movie: Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer's Agnes and the Hitman and Don't look Down to find out who the authors had in mind for their characters when they wrote these novels.

Read an excerpt from Agnes and the Hitman and an excerpt from Don’t Look Down, and learn more about the books at Jenny Crusie's website and Bob Mayer's website.

--Marshal Zeringue